Calories in Blueberries

blueberriesI recently stumbled across an article in a magazine trumpeting all the good things about blueberries. It turns out that blueberries are very rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanin, as well as other anti-inflammatory elements. Their powerful natural antioxidant qualities make blueberries the top of the list, containing more of these nutrients and substances than most other fruits and vegetables. These natural substances, generally found in fruits and vegetables, are believed to increase our defense against disease and promote healthy aging.

James Joseph, Ph.D., and his team at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston report that a diet of blueberries may improve motor skills and reverse the short-term memory loss that comes with aging and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. USDA animal trials showed improved navigational skills after a two-month diet of blueberry extract. Although other fruits and vegetables were studied, only blueberries were effective in improving motor skills.

To add to the many benefits, the calories in Blueberries are quite low, with a single cup (approximately 155g) containing only 79 calories. Combine the low calorie count and the massive antoixidant benefits, and Blueberries are a great addition to any healthy diet.

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